Grateful Dead Live at John F Kennedy Stadium on 1987-07-10
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FOB> aud> senn me80> cassette master> cdr; conversion by Mike Lai from Bruce Fried DAT
- 2004-07-16 13:04:18
- Philadelphia, PA
- John F Kennedy Stadium
Subject: Born in Red Hook, Brooklyn,, in the year of who knows when,,
I had just recovered from the Rainbow Runs and i was looking forward to dancin' my butt off.
So I am feeling somewhat shortchanged by the Grateful Dead when Encino Man appears and they play what I can only describe as watching a car accident in slow motion.
Augh, and don't get me wrong I really like Bob Dylan.
After hearing the studio outtakes and the rest of the tour plus JOEY from the live album I have a better feel for that time period but truthfully it was at the time the biggest let down.
I also felt this tour pushed Brent to the background and i was glad when he again took the centerstage bright lights.
And don't let those Dylan fans jive talk ya, Dylan owes both his right and left nut to THE GRATEFUL DEAD reviving his sorry butt during the Summer of 87
"That was all I had to say
and it's alright"
Subject: Summer of Love 20th anniversary
Subject: 100,000 deadheads and 100+ degrees
Subject: my first dead show
Subject: This show is highlighted in Rolling Stones article
Dylan's set has its moments - Infidels was really Bob's only good record of this decade (maybe Oh Mercy...) and his collision with the Dead was one of very few highlights in a rough era. Check that amazing Front St. rehearsal from June 1st. But he brings his sideways wail and the Dead are in excellent form - check the overall take on Joey, for instance - I love when Jer sings backup. If you want a good representation of what was going on at the time, this show will do you fine. I believe this is just about the time Touch of Grey went real big.
Subject: My cherry was poped!
I remember it like it was yesterday. My friends Brandon and Dan lived in the sub burbs and went to get the train into the city. We had to run for the train and I fell and skinned my knee so bad I have the huge scar to this day! Got to shakedown street and sampled almpse everything we could get. WOW, what a night. The show was amazing. Been hooked ever sense then. Live in Sacramento now after a trip around the world. May the music never stop!
It was the finest dead show I ever saw.
Subject: Naked Guy Doing Kata
It was so hot that afternoon,and yes, those damn fiberglass benches didn't help. BUT... there's nothing like a Greateful Dead concert and I'd say most of the people at the show were really cool. I remember the kid standing on his seat in front of me asking, "Can you see OK sir?" Although I never got to hook up with my dear friend Lippe that day ("We'll meet at the tent") it was a total trip. The chemistry was great that day as well as the smokables! The one weird thing I recall was seeing this guy up at the top row of JFK (a few rows in back of me)totally naked and doing this karate kata/dance on the bench. Luckily he didn't fall and a good time was had by all. Check this show out!
Subject: 1989 was the last year
Subject: RIP JFK
I didn't have to take a leak at this show (de-high-dration?), but friends who did say they saw sparking wires hanging from the ceiling.
Wished they'd saved the stadium, it would be a great place for soccer.....
It was a scorcher of a day, but cooled nicely when the sun went below the seats. I sat wayyyyyyy in the back on fiberglass bleacher seats that made your ass itch. .... But I didn't sit too much because I also made it down to the field to boogy when Iko launched. I can't remember that starting too many first sets. I think the set list was a fine one and China-Rider is always fun no matter what.
Keep in mind that this was in the middle of the Dylan/Dead tour, but it was regrouping after the band played solo gigs in Pittsburg and Roanoke.
Pittsburg (at the Civic Center with special guests the Neville Bros). .....They didn't open the roof but they tore it off... you MUST check that out for the second set Shake-o-Down-Day-O-Women-R-Smarter...space... Knockin on Heaven's Door....made me drool when I heard it and still gives me goosebumps.
The next day we went to Roanoke for a dandy show (crazy fingers-truckin-comes a time) in a 10,000 seater. Hampton must have been booked. So heading backed to Philly (hometown) for a 100,000-seater was all icing.
What I really liked about this show was a leisurely 90 minute set. Dylan was a bonus. And Gotta-Serve/Joey were good with gravel-voice Jerry in the choir. Dead played well, Dylan was resurrecting, but who cares thats all history, and so is JFK.
My only regret of this show is they didn't play Sampson and Delilah......"I would tear that old building down!"
Subject: Hot day in ole JFK
The scene: this was my third and final show of the 87 summer tour (Kingswood and Silver Stadium prior). My friend Colin and I went down a few days early because we didn't have tickets yet and wanted to make sure we got down and bought some before it sold out and we were on summer vacation, so why not? A less-than-honest cop stopped us in the park across the street a couple of days before the show and pocketed our stash and made us throw our pipes as far as we could. Of course, I'll take less-than-honest over handcuffs any day!!! The day before the show tickets went on sale at the Spectrum (right next to JFK) for a Cure show. Funny mix of goths and Deadheads. The day of the show was hot hot hot. The sprinkler showers inside the venue were awesome. We parked ourselves on left side of the lawn just in front of the soundboard. I think this was the largest show I ever attended (about 90,000+).
The music: decently played, but pretty standard. The Cassidy is very good, but that's probably the high-point. Someone else mentioned the China>Rider being one of their favorites, but it sounded pretty standard to me at the time and still does now. We didn't know what was going on at the time with the one long Dead set format, so when they started China>Rider, we weren't sure if they were just pulling out something cool to end the first set, or what was going on. By the time drums came around we understood that they were just sort of combining their usual first and second sets. The Dylan set is interesting for nostalgic purposes, but is otherwise not too great. It's well played, but Dylan was not completely on top of his game and he sounds downright aweful at times. I remember about halfway through I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, my friend and I looked at each other with "what the ?" looks on our faces and without a word started walking back toward the stands to sit and wait for the show to end. "Highlights" of the set are anytime Dylan's not singing (e.g. jams in Watchtower) and perhaps Balled of a Thin Man (but maybe that's just cause I love that tune, no matter how badly it's sung). We heard Touch from the parking lot as we walked out a little early (only show I ever did that).
Subject: one of best Cassidy jams ever
Check out the Cassidy. One of the best ever executions of the jam: great energy and playing, band incredibly synced, then Jerry leads the band through some incredible improvisational extensions to the peak, and nobody misses a beat (sometimes when things got really heavy in Cassidy, it seemed like it was too much and they would come apart. this version triumphs). Pretty amazing; I remember hearing it on someone's tape deck at a later show's lot that summer and immediately identifying that it was JFK. A real deep, psychedelic version.
Hot and intense on the field, I remember walking through one of the "shower" type sprinklers they had set up after the Dead's set and coming out the other side reborn down to the last cell.
How lucky we were to be able to go to those shows!
Subject: Great show - strange night
I remember it was a typical Philly summer day, 90+ degrees and 101% humidity. Before the show started there was a spontaneous marshmellow battle on the grass (later dubbed the cream puff war) and they did a sound check by blasting Dixie Chicken over the amps and getting everyone fired up. The Dead came out and just blew everyone away, despite the heat, just rockin the place from the first notes of Iko.
Dylan's set, was fairly lame though, and I agree with other reviews that the Dead alone did better versions of many of these songs. I remember feeling cheated, too when they closed with Touch of Gray. At the time it was the big hit and brought a lot of jerks into the scene and we had grown to hate it - but today it sounds awesome! This is the first time I've heard this whole show since the day it happened. Thanks the gods for Tapers!!!
Subject: Download for my son
Subject: only source
Subject: Chimes of Musical Freedom
First of all the fact that I could find it, God bless archive, and the fact that the set was so much better than I had often heard. The Dead's set alone is well worth a download. I'll forever be envious of people who saw the Dead on the East coast, their shows seem to grow more mellow as they moved west.
Subject: Ask the band
I'm giving this one five stars because it was such utter mayhem they could have come out, stood on their heads, and played jawharps and tambourines for two hours and it wouldn't have mattered. It was like being an extra on the set of a Mad Max film. And the fact that I can actually listen to it amazes me, even if it may not be the first show I'm likely to throw on the stereo. I was convinced for some reason that no one had tapes of these shows. Go, Archive.
When we left, we realized we'd locked the keys in the car and had to get a Philly police towtruck driver to slim-jim it for us. When we thanked him, after a few tense minutes (it was a tricky door), he almost shat a brick. "I've been on the force for fifteen years and no one's ever thanked me before." Wow. Nice work if you can get it.
Subject: You always remember your first....
I got down to the field and abandoned my shoes, turned for a moment to conduct some business, turned back and all my buds were gone - about that time I turned to the guy next to me and said, "I didn't know these guys were a country group! But I can dig it." By the time Watchtower came around I was a convert.
What a great show - it was hot, I was lost, I had no idea how I would get home but I didn't care.
Didn't see Tobin again till Hampton Colloseum the next year when I went with Trish. By then it was a lifestyle....
Subject: Even Their Music Makes You High ...
Subject: Western Whining Slide
Subject: A decently played show...But unless you've got to hear the Dead/Dylan play together for that classic thin-'87 sound... you could move on.
Moving on to Dylan... his drawl sounds like a normal person's voice If they had kleenex stuffed below a rolled back tongue. "Tangled" as an opener was a hi-light. "Be Your Baby Tonight" is magnificently adorned by someone's western whining slide. However, most of the songs that follow lack both distinction and a purpose for over 60,000 fans to pack a sweltering JFK stadium. Even more, the Dylan tunes the Dead cover sound sharper with more present-day urgency than any of the versions they do with the writer, himself.
3 stars... but not really a keeper.
Subject: Show Great Sound Poor
The sound of this recording, however, doesn't even come close to a 5 star rating, especially when compared to some of the top notch sound recordings available on the archive. It's actually hard to listen to. Kinda like being at the show, but being a block or two from the stadium. I give it a 3 just for the memories.....
Subject: solid all the way through
Subject: Picture This
This audience recording is very good.
Subject: Oh what a night
Subject: great dead-dylan trip from start to finish :)
Subject: Nice sound for a stadium aud. recording
I'm glad to see this one available, as this is a show I was at that I only remember a few snapshots of ;-p
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